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    Peter Daszak (R), Thea Fisher (L) and other members of the World Health Organization team arrived at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Central Hubei Province, China on 3 February to investigate the origin of Covid-19. Hector Ratmal (AFP / Getty Images)

    A team of World Health Organization investigators in Wuhan is visiting a laboratory on Wednesday focusing on intrigues and speculation about the origin of the coronovirus epidemic.

    WHO investigators began research in the central Chinese city last week after 14 days of quarantine and bureaucratic delays. His work has been subject to intense scrutiny and political pressure from within China and from outside the country.

    The places they are visiting are controversial as a laboratory suggested by officials of the administration of Donald Trump, former president of the Wuhan Institute, without providing evidence, which may be the core of the coronovirus.

    The lab under consideration, which is affiliated to the Chinese Academy of Sciences, run by the central government, is the only one equipped for the highest levels of biocaine in mainland China, known as Biosafety Level 4 (BSL-4).

    The BSL-4 Lab is designed to study the world’s most dangerous pathogens – those at a high risk for transmission, often fatal and most often with no reliable treatment, such as coronaviruses.

    Lab led by China’s “bat lady”: The Wuhan Lab was created in the wake of the deadly severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) epidemic that swept China and other parts of Asia in 2002 and 2003.

    In particular, the Wuhan lab team led by virologist Xi Zhengli, known as China’s “bat woman” for virus-hunting expeditions in Balla caves, has focused on the bat-borne coronavirus, which is currently The epidemic is believed to be the cause. By.

    Bats are a major reservoir for the virus, and although they do not suffer from them due to natural resistance, they are carriers of many infectious pathogens that are destructive to humans, including Ebola, rabies, SARS, and Middle Respiratory Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). Huh. . There is current scientific consensus that SARS-Cov-2, the virus behind the COVID-19 pandemic, also evolved in bats and then spread to humans, possibly with a host of intermediate animals.

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